Reference HLG 900/62
Title Government Evacuation Scheme. Welfare Work. Social and recreational facilities
Government Department Ministry of Health
Themes Evacuation, Domestic Life
Subthemes Reception and billeting, Entertainment and culture, Foreign nationals and newcomers
Document Types Official Correspondence, Reports and Surveys, Statistical Data
Civil Defence Regions Region 5: London, Nationwide
Locations London
Organisations County Councils


A file of government correspondence and reports relating to funding for Christmas festivities for evacuees from London in reception areas. Subjects covered in the file include requests by London County Council to local evacuating authorities for contributions to the Christmas fund; information regarding to whom the payments should be made; and the funding allocated to each child. Other subjects discussed include gift donations from abroad; funding for treats for mothers and children from London living in communal billets in reception areas; and the subsequent cancellation of the fund for communal billets in the following year due to funding shortages. Documents in the file include lists of the communal billets and the local authorities involved in the fund; and a report on the positive outcome of the spending, including the strengthening of relations between the evacuating and billeting authorities, and the mingling of children from both evacuation and reception areas.


accommodation, administration, billeting, charity, children, Christmas, confectionary, distribution, entertainment, evacuable areas, evacuation, evacuees, family, finance, grants, holidays, hostels, housing, local authorities, mothers, old age, parents, priority classes, reception areas, recreation, schools, teachers, unaccompanied evacuees, welfare

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